May 9, 1996 |
Richard E. Byrd, the famed American polar explorer who claimed in 1926--70 years ago today--to have been the first person to fly over the North Pole, may actually have turned back two hours and 150 miles short of his goal, according to new evidence released by Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Institute. The clues are in Byrd's long lost diary of the expedition, which an archivist at the center recently found in a mislabeled box of Byrd's memorabilia.
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January 6, 1994 |
Tiptoeing 35 feet above the ground on a jiggly high wire, Kristin Taday grabbed a rope dangling above her head to steady herself. Still, she leaned precipitously toward the ground. "Holy Mary, Mother, I love you!" the Thousand Oaks 17-year-old shouted.
March 4, 1988 |
When Pam Flowers leaves Canada's Ward Hunt Island with her small team of dogs Monday, she'll be trying to make history as well as a statement about the role of women in polar expeditions. The 41-year-old respiratory therapist from Willow, Alaska, a small town roughly 70 miles north of Anchorage, hopes to arrive at the North Pole in about 55 days, becoming the first women to get there alone by means of surface travel.
April 2, 1989 |
In April of 1909, in raw and cruel climes of 30 below zero, Cmdr. Robert Edwin Peary, hooded and covered in bearskin, penciled some fabled words onto a page in the small, brown notebook that served as his Arctic diary. "The Pole at last!!!" Peary wrote in his slanted, careful, clear hand. "The prize of 3 centuries, my dream and ambition for 23 years. Mine at last. I cannot bring myself to realize it. It all seems so simple & commonplace. . . .
June 13, 1990 |
Well, that did it, Jim Whittaker figured, he ruined Everest for everybody. Turned the world's highest mountain into a molehill, he did, putting so many people from his International Peace Climb expedition on top that the next ones will come looking for the escalator. "It's almost embarrassing," were Whittaker's first words radioed from Base Camp. "People will think it was easy." No previous expedition had ever put 20 climbers on top. A Norwegian team had 17 reach the summit in 1985.
February 5, 1992 |
Nicholas Clapp likes to say he stumbled onto the road to Ubar by way of a quirky bookstore in Westwood. It was 1982 and Clapp, an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, was looking for a particular book about the Arabian desert for a possible movie project. The tiny Egyptology bookstore, which has since closed, didn't have what he sought, but the woman behind the counter said she had something better.
March 1, 1995 |
There are four toes in his boots, white flecks in his beard and 50 years riding on his shoulders. In Reinhold Messner's reflective mind, determination jostles with intimations of mortality. The aw-shucks Italian daredevil who is generally recognized as history's greatest mountain climber is embarking on his last great expedition and perhaps his most daunting challenge--an ice cap stroll, Asia to America.
May 11, 1988 |
Two hundred Japanese, Chinese and Nepalese spent $12.5 million and a life to show a dozen of their number on live television from the top of Mt. Everest last week. The feat raised the hackles of some traditional mountain climbers. Jim Whittaker, a member of the first American team to reach that 29,028-foot summit 25 years ago this month, called the recent feat "a mob scene." Malcolm Daly, a mountaineering instructor and guide in Denver, said: "I have mixed feelings about it.
October 4, 1987 |
With a twinkle in his eye and his bagpipes at the ready, Murdo Urquart stood at a roadside rest stop overlooking Loch Ness, waiting for the next busload of tourists. For a bit of loose change from visitors, the kilt-clad ex-soldier will happily puff the strains of a Scottish ballad into the stiff Highlands breeze. And, for those who ask, he will add a dash more spice to one of the world's great lingering mysteries: What really lies behind the legend of the Loch Ness monster?
May 14, 1988 |
In another age, the Blair brothers might have been Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Thor Heyerdahl, Lewis and Clark, Stanley and Livingstone. For 10 years, Lawrence and Lorne Blair explored the most remote jungles and beaches of the nearly 14,000 islands of Indonesia. They hitched rides aboard primitively beautiful sailing sloops with pirates in search of the mythical Greater Bird of Paradise.